Coppice Valley Primary School

Learners for Life

Geography

Overview

At Coppice Valley we offer children a knowledge and skills rich geography curriculum. Geography lessons focus on developing geographical skills and children working as geographers with the National Curriculum at their heart. Pupils expand their vocabularies with technical, geographical words. We are committed to outdoor learning and real-life experiences whenever possible i.e. visiting the local beck to take water samples. Links to History, Science and other subject areas are also explored in our topics. Pupils learn about the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As children progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time. Every child is able to access lessons through quality first teaching and scaffolding lessons to meet pupils’ needs. Geography offers all pupils the opportunity to develop their spiritual, moral, social and cultural learning as they explore the natural world and the people in it e.g. the morality of deforestation and the awe and wonder experienced in nature.

 

At Coppice Valley we aim to develop the children’s understanding of geography by:-

  • Building on previously learnt knowledge and deepening children’s understanding of geography year on year
  • Teaching the children to think and work like geographers.
  • Planning knowledge rich geography lessons based around our geography concepts of location, human geography and physical geography
  • Expanding their vocabularies with technical, geographical words that are explicitly taught and then regularly used in lessons
  • Developing geography skills such as map reading
  • Regularly revisiting previous learning through quizzes and our Coppice Compendiums to ensure retention of knowledge
  • Further develop the children’s social, moral, spiritual and cultural learning in geography by exploring the geography of local areas, discussing moral geographical issues such as development of areas amidst human population growth and use of the Earth’s natural resources.
  • Delivering the majority of geography lessons using a dedicated geography teacher

Geography Progression Overview